Happy New Year, Everyone! Since my last post, I completed a few smaller projects: 2 hats, a pair of socks, and a pillowcase that I started years ago. The first hat I made with a yarn I received from a friend of a friend. Usually, when I get yarn without having a specific project in my mind, I wait until the yarn "tells me" what to make. The combination of these 2 green colors reminded me of evergreen trees, so I knew that I had to make something with trees. I borrowed the knitting diagram from Inner Circle by DROPS Design and decided to knit a beanie hat with a pompom. I really like how it turned out. The yarn is a fingering weight merino wool called Baby Ull by Dale Garn in the colors Olive and Pea Green.
The second hat was a request from my son. He wanted a beanie hat with red, black, white, and grey stripes. I found small leftover balls of these colors in my stash and knitted this hat for him. Since I do not like purling in the round, I knitted the hat inside out. He absolutely loves it and has been wearing it inside and outside of the house for the last few days.
I still enjoy knitting socks. These simple socks were made with DROPS Fabel in Silver Fox and Black.
I started the Sand Tracks Pillow by DROPS Design years ago but lost interest in it and put it aside. While going through my stash, I found it and decided to finish it. Since I used a worsted weight yarn, instead of the recommended DK, the pillow turned out huge. I ended up using an entire 32-oz bag of polyester fiber to fill it. I also wish that I had knitted it with smaller needles and the stitches were a bit tighter. Fortunately, the filling doesn't seem to shed through the holes, even when my kids pound on the pillow.